So my very 1st issue officially hits the streets at the end of this week- WOO HOO!!
READ: Don’t walk, RUN to your local supermarket, magazine stand, wherever you can find it and cop a copy of the issue with Garcelle Beauvais on the cover IMMEDIATELY.
And please don’t think I put Garcelle on the cover just because she has flawless skin and a new show coming out. Eh, not so much. Actually, your girl landed an EXCLUSIVE! For the first time and ONLY in JET, she’s dishing on all the messy details from her recent divorce.
*brushes off shoulders*
So hurry up, cause I am DYING to know what you guys think!!
Oh and after you hit me back, log on to the JET website and enter to win a pair of kicks from the exclusive new Swizz Beatz/ Reebok Classic collection. HERE.
This is the very first giveaway JET has ever done. My goal is to make it a regular part of the issues. But you know how it goes- the higher the number of entrants, the bigger and more interesting the prizes will become down the road. *hint, hint*
On a more personal note, just finished up my very first holiday weekend in the new city…. Um yeah. Can’t really say I’m loving the temperamental Chicago weather. It was literally 50 degrees and pouring rain all day on Saturday and Sunday. Then I woke up to freaking 90 degree weather on Memorial Day Monday.
I did however manage to make the most of the one sunny day and attend my very first “Chi-Town BBQ.” (Mind you, I’ve been hearing about these infamous gathering of black people, good music and free food/ drink for as long as folks have known that I was moving to the city.) And I’m happy to report that it was def fun times to be had by all. Held out by Lake Michigan, there were at least 100 people at all times and the food, drink & eye candy were on point.
So three cheers for that- Hip, hip hooray! Hip,hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!
Anyhoo, that’s about it for now. Gotta do a little bit of work before I go to sleep so I can be prepared to hit the ground running tomorrow. Have a great week party people!
BTW, this ssue doesn’t “officially hit stands until next week. So Moment readers are actually getting a “sneak peak” before everybody else! Don’t say I never do anything for you.
So as you may have noticed, I’ve been a little M.I.A from the blog lately…. my bad. BUT as you may have heard by now, it was for a very, very, very good reason.
*clears throat and stands up to every inch of my five feet*
I am so excited to announce that after five WONDERFUL years of self-employment… (insert drum roll, flashing lights & smoke machine, please)
I have accepted the offer to join the Johnson Publishing family as the new Editor-In-Chief of JET Magazine!
*slight pause to allow all those who know how much I love working in my pajamas to recover from the shock*
Obviously, it was a huge decision that did not come easily for many reasons- all of them starting & ending with my love of my very blessed life in New York City.
*adjusts my lucky Yankees cap*
However, the opportunity to lead the change that’s going to re-energize & re-introduce such an iconic brand to new generations of readers was one that any journalist that loves her career as much as I do could not pass up. I am humbled to have been chosen for this important mission. And I look forward to rising to the challenge. (Oh and did I mention, the uber fabulous Desiree Rogers is my boss? BLANK STARE. Exaaactly.)
So naturally, I want to express my sincerest gratitude to each and everyone who has supported me and my career over the past 10 years. Whether you’ve been rocking with me since my insane Road Tripping days at HONEY, while I was pretending to be a ‘Privileged White Woman at JANE, spent the money and purchased one of my books or simply forward my blog posts every once in a while, your energy has helped me reach THIS moment.
Thank you, thank you, thank YOU.
It’s going to be an adventure. I certainly expect you to stick around for the ride.
Hmm… spent all day yesterday getting ready for and barely making my flight to Chicago so it wasn’t until this morning that I heard all the hoopla about the air traffic controller who fell asleep on the job while a plane with a sick patient was trying to land.
Dude, as if flying isn’t scary enough. Oh and, this makes what? The 7th time something like this has happened this year? As in, seven times the past FOUR months? SMDH.
But as potentially horrible as that situation could have been, folks falling asleep on the job still makes more sense than the woman in Newburgh who drove her four kids into the Hudson River after a fight with her boyfriend/ baby father.
And what on it- Now that the 25 year-old killed herself and 3 of the 4 children, folks are coming forward to say that the woman had been behaving strangely and seemed overwhelmed in the weeks leading up to this tragedy. Really? And no one thought to check up on her and offer to help?
I can’t. We need to be more to kind to one another. Life is hard, everyone could use a helping hand.
*gets off of soapbox & starts to pray for the 10 year-old who managed to escape from the sinking car*
Random: Has anyone tried these Insanity workout DVDs?
Flipping through the channels over weekend and happened upon the crazy looking info-mercial. And I was INSTANTLY intrigued.
Cause the Lord knows, my relationship with the gym has recently become sketchy at best. I just can’t stand the smell, the machines are either occupied or broken and the person working out next to me ALWAYS seems to be coughing and sneezing. And is there anything worse than the sick person at the gym who’s trying to “sweat” out a cold but doing nothing more than infecting everyone around them?????
READ: I need another way to address the soft & squishy situation that’s happening on my tummy and thighs. IMMEDIATELY.
So tell me, is this just Tae Bo 2000 or does this nonsense really work?
So err-um yeah… I gotta ask, exactly WHY are people beefing about the updated etiquette and food restrictions being imposed on New York City Health Department employees??
Because I for one, COMPLETELY agree.
For those who didn’t read the article, here are some of the changes that will be going into effect today:
-no eavesdropping btwn cubicles
-no overbearing perfumes
-no displays, photos or signs that may be considered offensive
-no “celebration” cake and cookies being served at the same time
-tap water is a must
-no drinks with more than 25 calories per 8oz servings
-cut muffins & bagels in half, or order mini-sizes
-ABSOLUTELY no fried foods
Personally, I think the real tragedy is that it’s necessary to TELL folks to act right and eat healthy when that’s what they do for a living. ALLEGEDLY.
*insert mean momma side-eye*
I mean honestly? No eavesdropping or fried food? It’s the freaking HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Call me crazy but of ALL the government agencies, they should be the LAST folks gossiping OR eating crappy food on taxpayers’ dimes.
*sucks back of the teeth HARD*
Man listen… Go talk ‘ish over that cup of red Kool-Aid during your regular off-site lunch break cause nobody needs it. At. All.
WAYMENT, what in the slew-footed hell happened to Britney Spears’ rhythm??
Granted, I’d read the rumblings on Twitter about the GMA performance being a little shakey bakey but I charged that on the time of the day. I mean, anyone coming from the west coast *cough* that’s as hopped up on anti-depressants as Miss Spears *cough* might be a little sleepy and off beat at 7.30am.
But now this Kimmel Show catastrophe? Oh uh-uh. This my darling is ree-diculous.
Could she have been anymore lackluster? Or out of shape? Seriously, homegirl went from sexy hourglass to a straight cardboard box. And please don’t get me started on the square 2-inch heels or that god awful, green & black criss-crossed onsey which was doing nada except making her look like the Incredible Hulk.
And let’s be honest, when the dancing fails to entertain, we’re forced to actually listen to the auto-tune nonsense you’re passing off as music nowadays. Who wants that?
Just read about this new computer program called “Silence of the Celebs” that will filter out any mentions of which ever celebrity you are most tired of reading about from your online news media just by entering their names.
Mind you, it’s totally not limited to celebs. Feel free to filter out any topic of choice. (So basically, we can all pretend that Sarah Palin, the entire Tea Party and the ignorant Arizona GOP don’t even exist.)
Although currently it only works on Twitter, NYTimes, CNN, Huffington Post, NYPost, Google News, Gawker, Mashable and TMZ; the creators are working on expanding it more sources as I type.
Dang, prayers up for C-Breezy this morning. That child can’t seem to get out of his way.
Apparently this morning, homeboy flew into a rage mid- Good Morning America taping after being prodded one too many times about the Rihanna incident. According to sources, he ripped off his shirt, broke a mirror and smashed a window. talking about, he’s tired of people bring up the past… and the difference between his treatment and Charlie Sheen.
Mind you, his album F.A.M.E drops today.
You know, I’m not even going to bother getting into the fact that as long as that little boy BREATHES, people are not going to tire of asking him about bashing Rihanna’s face in OR the fact that Charlie Sheen is a grown ass WHITE man who’s been in this game for longer than Chris has been alive. So no, he’ll never receive equal treatment. The End.
Instead, I’m just going to point out that across the board music critics have given this album notably favorable reviews. Which is a pretty big deal for any artist nowadays let alone one that stays on the wrong side of public opinion. Okay?
Boo, you’re 21 yrs-old. Watching you self-destruct has become exhausting. Enough of the temper tantrums, nude pics, ridiculous dye job and slew of angry tweets. You live a charmed life that MILLIONS of folks would barter their first born to enjoy. Grow up & act like you appreciate it.
Gotta tell you, the headlines today really blew me: 6.1 aftershocks in Japan as the nuclear radiation wafts through the air, a Queens teen beat to death in a gay bias attack, the 3 year-old suffering through alcohol withdrawal in Britain, the giant panda that bit it’s San Diego zookeeper and yet another bus accident.
Oh and let us not forget the on-going drama in Cleavland, TX where the 11 year-old girl was viciously gang-raped by EIGHTEEN boys & men in a deserted FEMA trailer.
I mean, it’s all good fine to be on our individual grinds but at a certain point, you gotta stop and look around. And then, take responsibility for what’s happening. I hope that everyone reading this post is involved in some sort of positive, community service that will change another person’s life for the better. Cause it’s a small world. And every day the crazy gets a little closer to our homes.
*gets off of soapbox & volunteers more time w/ Hip Hop 4 Life*